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  1. Got the new tires mounted and am quite pleased with the difference in stance and look of the lower profile tire. The old tires were 23" in diameter and the new tires are 22". The wheels now clear when steering. No more fender rubbing when turning the wheel. The front is no problem. I can adjust the height or the camber, but the on the rear it's another story. I'm planning on getting the rear leafs de-arched to drop about 2" and adding another leaf to have the same spring rate (150lbs) as the front. It looks like I will also have to get new U-bolts made since I can't find small radius ones for these skinny diffs.
  2. Progress continues with this little beast. Finished putting down the sound deadening and cut out some carpet to make a little more welcoming.
  3. To your defense, you've done a lot of major modifications to your car.
  4. Nothing exciting this week. Repaired the rust and cancer issues and started putting the sound deadening on the floors. Getting tired of working on this car. I want to drive it already :devil: This weekend I'm going to try and get one of the 185 tires mounted and test fit them on the front to see if they're going to work. Behind the passenger side. My welds aren't the prettiest but the hold ;) Behind the driver's side.
  5. Not much happened this week. Installed the heater valve and hoses. Charged the battery for a while and turned the car on for about 20min so the water would circulate so I could check for leaks. Now that the heater portion or the car is done, I can start on the floor repair this weekend coming up. Also, the new tires should show up tomorrow.
  6. Got the heater valve and a couple of hoses from Bproject in Japan on Wednesday. Only took a week to get the parts. Not bad. Also, ordered the Federals yesterday. Should be here by Wednesday. Hopefully these new tires will be small enough to clear the fenders when turning.
  7. I think I'm going to go with the Federals. They are about $120 less than the Yoko's and I've read too many mixed reviews with the Yoko's. If I'm going to pay around $360 for a 14" tire I expect it to be pretty good. I've ran the Falkens on my VW and am very pleased with the grip and life and not to mention the price for a full set (under $200 shipped). Should be getting the heater valve and some hoses from Japan this week. I should start on the floors (cut and weld behind the passenger seat) pretty soon after replacing the valve. That has been holding me back because I don't want anymore coolant on the floors.
  8. I can't find any name brand tires in that size here in the states. Maybe a while ago you could, but not at this moment. I imagine they make limited quantities of the smaller sizes since they are not in great demand.
  9. That's the cheapest I've seen those so far. How good are the Federals? Looked for reviews but they were 50-50. I could always put the tires away and use them on my A2 GLI or my crappy integra. Those two cars are on still on 195/60R14's. Also been looking at the yokohama S-Drives, but those are 100 more than the Federals. Yoko's are know good tires so there are no worries there. What size are you running currently?
  10. Lol they're huge. Big ol' doughnuts. The tires look bigger in the pictures than when you're looking at the car in person. I might just break down and buy some 185/55's, but that's another 300+ that i dont want to spend. There's stil a lot i have to do to the car.
  11. Sunday I installed the camber plates and coilovers. It was a bitch trying to get the coil over the strut once you put the 2 orings T3 suggests you use. Next I have to get the rear leafs de-arched to drop an inch to an inch and a half and the front needs alignment.
  12. I'm jealous :angry:... :P Yeah, I bought it from him. I'm slowly trying to get it to be reliable and add a few upgrades along the way. I've wanted to drive car since I took it home :D .
  13. It's real nice that a lot of parts are still available in Australia but shipping is so expensive. Sometimes you might pay more for shipping than the actual price of what you're buying. That's what happened to me when I looked into the King springs for the front.
  14. Looks like the shocks are available in rockauto.
  15. Not sure. I haven't looked up the part number. They came with the car along with other miscellaneous parts. They bolted right up and appear to be about the same length as the old shocks. I got the coilovers and camber plates in yesterday. I'll start work on that on Sunday. Also have some sound deadening coming in monday. Once I cut the rusted piece of floor behind the passenger seat, I'll start applying it and put some carpet. I want this car as quiet as possible.
  16. Nothing exciting this week. Installed new rear shocks, brake m/c, bled the brakes, ordered new camber plates and front coilovers. Here are the boring pics...
  17. Below is the 2016 NCRC schedule. Speed-Dynamics web page is down so I could not get their schedule. 2016 Schedule - Our 2016 schedule is now complete, with the following dates. Please see www.ncracing.org/events.php for details, which ones have driving schools, chrono series, racing, motorcycles, and registration. Sat January 30, Laguna Seca Fri February 26, Laguna Seca Sat March 19, Thunderhill Mon April 11, Thunderhill Fri May 6, Laguna Seca Mon May 16, Laguna Seca Mon May 23, Thunderhill Sat June 4, Buttonwillow Sun June 5, Buttonwillow Mon June 6, Laguna Seca Sat July 9, Thunderhill Sun July 10, Thunderhill Mon August 1, Laguna Seca Sat August 6, Thunderhill Sun August 7, Thunderhill Fri August 26, Thunderhill Sat September 10, Thunderhill Sun September 11, Thunderhill Fri October 7, Thunderhill Fri October 28, Laguna Seca Sat November 26, Laguna Seca Sun November 27, Laguna Seca Sat December 10, Laguna Seca Sun December 11, Laguna Seca
  18. What he said ^^^. Very nice car. What are your plans? Going to keep it stock? Any planned upgrades?
  19. Awesome DF. Thanks for the reassurance. I'm going to go ahead and order them tomorrow. I'm tired of working on this car without being able to enjoy driving it. After front suspension it will be bleeding the brakes then off to get an alighnment.
  20. You're right. I didn't want to go with the treaded collars but I think I'm going to do it. I'm even going to go with camber plates. I have that on my other 510s and I'm quite pleased with them. It's just that much easier to get the ride height you want. What spring rate should I get for a street car? I was thinking 150lbs? Like I said, I'm new to 1200s. I don't want a harsh ride but I want it to handle well. Roads here in Cali are not the best. Here's what I've done today. I'll have to continue on Sunday. I test fit the wheels and they fit without clearance issues as far as the rim hitting the control arm or any other suspension component.
  21. Thanks njoz1200ute. I found the torque specs on an online factory manual. I'll look for those springs and other brands, as well.
  22. Thanks for the tips, DF. I'll call the guy tomorrow about the seats. I'll also torque the steering tomorrow. So the spring perch on the right had enough meat? I'm going to use collar clamps to adjust the height. Can I cut the springs about a coil and a half to firm up the suspension a bit? Any problems with that? Going to use some old tokico shocks I have laying around. I have the struts ready to go. Should I use 1" bump steer spacers? I have a couple of sets.
  23. A few questions: what's the torque specs for the inner and outer tie rods and the ball joints? The inner rods are stock 1200. The outer tie rods and ball joints are from an '80 210. What about the springs? I've read that if I cut the springs a coil the spring will get stiffer. How are you guys doing it? How many coils are yiu cutting? I will be using collar clamp to set the height. How much should i take off of the spring perch? Obviously enough for the strut to go through. Here's a pic of how I've cut them so far. Which is best? I have a welder so I can fix them if I've messed it up.
  24. The difference in length of the studs. The shorter one is the front zx, the middle size is the one the 1200 came with and the longer one isthe ones you get from napa auto parts.
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